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Review: Setting Free the Kites by Alex George

Title: Setting Free the Kites by Alex George
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genre: Historical (70s), Fiction
Length: 334 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Summary:

From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope.

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.

Unforgettable and heart-breaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.

Review:

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George is a nostalgic yet poignant coming of age novel which takes place on the coast of Maine during the mid seventies.

In 2016, the demolition of a long vacant paper mill is the catalyst for Robert Carter’s recollections of his long ago friendship with Nathan Tilly.  The two boys meet in 1976 after Nathan’s family relocates to Haverford from Texas.  Thirteen year old Robert notices Nathan right away, but he is more concerned about bully Hollis Calhoun than making new friends. Just as Hollis is visiting a new torture on his poor, beleaguered victim, bold and brash Nathan steps in to rescue Robert.  Nathan’s adventurous spirit and indomitable zest for life is the perfect foil for Robert’s more cautious approach to life and the two boys enjoy many fun-filled exploits over the course of their friendship.

The youngest of the Carter sons, Robert is often eclipsed by his older brother Liam who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Their parents dote on Liam while his health deteriorate as his disease worsens.  Robert adores Liam yet he is ever mindful of the very different relationships the two boys have with their parents.  Not one to rock the boat (or break the rules), Robert tries to keep out of trouble and the limelight since his parents have enough to worry about with Liam’s illness.

Robert’s unexpected friendship with Nathan is one escapade after another as the two boys run free and embark on fun-filled days out of the sight of their parents.  Nathan’s unbridled optimism is a stark contrast to Robert’s fears and concerns yet Robert is always quick to overcome his doubts about whatever exploit Nathan proposes.  Even in the midst of heartbreaking losses, they manage to find a way to step outside their grief and find happiness in each other’s company.  Not even the mundane jobs they undertake at Robert’s family amusement park can put a damper on their exploits but even the strongest bonds can be tested when one of the boys discovers his first love.

While the overall story is incredibly heartfelt and enjoyable, there are a few things that occur toward the end of the novel that need mentioning.  Without giving away any spoilers, here are a few observations about the most notable revelations and plot twists.  Late in the story, one of the characters does something that is so out of character that is impossible to believe.  Heavy foreshadowing from the first chapter hints at one of the events that occurs so it should not come as a surprise to readers once it finally happens.  And the final plot twist is an absolute delight and explains an awful lot about one of the secondary characters.

Setting Free the Kites is a very moving novel of friendship that is quite compelling. The coastal setting is harsh yet beautiful Alex George brings it vibrantly to life. Robert and Nathan are wonderfully developed characters that are multi-dimensional and so life-like it is difficult to believe they are fictional.  The storyline is engaging and although each family experiences devastating losses, the boys’ adventures and natural resiliency prevent the novel from becoming bogged down in grief.  Readers will appreciate the touching epilogue that completely wraps up any loose ends.  An extremely heartwarming and engaging story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Review: Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

Title: Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Genre: Historical, Paranormal/Supernatural, Thriller
Length: 300 pages
Book Rating: B

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Summary:

Hell has a new master

In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all.

When Magnus meets Jacob O’Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets.

Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him.

Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.

Review:

Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor is a dark historical thriller with slight paranormal elements.

Magnus Blackwell and Jacob O’Connor’s friendship begins when they are both architectural students at Harvard.  Magnus, who is from a wealthy family, is a little jaded, spoiled and quite popular with both his classmates and the ladies.  Jacob is an orphan who is attending Harvard on scholarship and feels out of place amongst his fellow students.  Magnus is a bit broody and angry with a sense of entitlement that seems to be an all common trait in his privileged world.  Jacob is much more kind-hearted than Magnus and he finds it easy to forgive his friend’s boorish behavior.

Despite the two men’s differences, their friendship flourishes until Magnus sets his sights on Frances McGee. Trouble ensues when Frances rejects Blackwell and later marries Jacob. Overrun with jealousy, Magnus goes on vacation in New Orleans where Oscar Wilde introduces him to Madame Simone Glapion, a brothel proprietress and voodoo high priestess. Glapion quickly senses the evil lurking inside Blackwell and their acquaintance culminates with a stunning altercation that sets Magnus on an increasingly dark and twisted path.

While Blackwell is sinking deeper and deeper into depravity, Jacob and Frances begin married life together.  Although deliriously happy, their life is marred by financial struggles as Jacob tries to secure a well paying job as an architect.  So when Magnus returns from New Orleans and offers him a job renovating his family home, Jacob quickly accepts the position.  He and Frances live on Blackwell’s estate where Magnus proves to be a difficult client to please. Frances grows increasingly uneasy with their situation but with few employment prospects on the horizon, Jacob ignores his reservations while trying to reassure his wife all is well.  Unbeknownst to Jacob and Frances, Blackwell’s bitterness and jealousy over losing Frances to Jacob is about to spill over in a shocking act that will have unintended consequences for both men.

Featuring a storyline that is rife with elements of jealousy, vengeance and revenge, Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor is an intriguing story with several unexpected twists and turns.  The sweet romance between Frances and Jacob is a stark contrast to Blackwell’s sexually explicit exploits with prostitutes and servants.  The novel’s conclusion is quite dramatic and completely unexpected.  A fast-paced historical novel with a supernatural twist that fans of the genre will enjoy.

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Review: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Title: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
Windham Brides Series Book One
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 368 pages
Book Rating: C

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Summary:

THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER…

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he’ll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn’t the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she’s fighting battles of her own. For her, he’ll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

Review:

The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes is an entertaining, sweet historical romance.  While this is  the first novel in the Windham Brides series, I strongly encourage readers to read the Windham series since MANY of the secondary characters from these previous books figure prominently in The Trouble with Dukes.

Hamish MacHugh is dismayed to discover he is now the Duke of Murdoch. He wants nothing more than to return to his beloved Scotland but alas, he must put the needs of his family first.  He is hoping his stay in England will be brief as his beloved sisters, Edana and Rhona, replenish their wardrobe and enjoy as many social gatherings as possible.  Hamish’s wartime reputation precedes him which makes him quite uncomfortable at the numerous balls and parties he must attend with his sisters and brother, Colin.  Gruff and plainspoken, Hamish makes quite a few social gaffes as he tries to navigate the complicated world of the British aristocracy but he is also rather softhearted when it comes to the people he cares about.

Megan Windham  is a lovely young woman with poor eyesight and a giving heart. She finds herself in the unenviable position of fighting off the attentions of Sir Fletcher Pilkington, a loathsome suitor  from a suitable family.  She is grateful to Hamish when he steps in to aid her during an unpleasant encounter with Pilkington and her respect for the troubled war hero grows deeper each time they meet. Megan is quite taken with the attractive Scotsman but she is caught in an untenable situation with Pilkington that could ruin her and her sisters’ reputations if the truth about her youthful mistake were ever to be revealed.

Megan and Hamish are a wonderful couple who find it quite easy to confide in one another.  Their scenes together are a wonderful mix of delightful banter and thoughtful exchanges about their lives and simmering attraction. However, with Hamish planning to return to Scotland as soon as possible, he sees no future for the two of them.  But Megan’s extended family makes it impossible for him to say no to their “invitations” and the more time he spends with her, the more smitten he becomes.  After she confesses the mess she has gotten herself into with Pilkington, Hamish comes up with a plan to get her out of trouble.  After executing their scheme to rescue her from her detestable suitor’s clutches, Hamish and Megan’s relationship deepens but is Fletcher truly out of the picture?

While The Trouble with Dukes is an overall enjoyable novel, it is difficult to understand why Megan would not tell her family about the situation with Fletcher.  The Windham family is obviously quite close and they are also very influential so it would make sense for her to ask them for their assistance with her problem.  Pilkington’s interest in other heiresses is well-known so it seems impossible that NO ONE in her family is the least bit suspicious about his motives when he sets his sights on Megan.  Even more unbelievable is the fact that her parents seem to be encouraging the match!  This entire part of the storyline is fairly ridiculous and somewhat unbelievable.

The inclusion of the other Windham characters is rather bewildering if you have not read the Windham series.  Between the use of proper names, titles and numerous nicknames, it is virtually impossible to keep up with who everyone is and who their spouses are.  While fans of the other series will enjoy catching up with favorite characters from earlier novels, newcomers might them hopelessly confusing.

The Trouble with Dukes is a charming historical romance with a cast of appealing characters.  The storyline is interesting but the pacing of the novel is a little slow. Although a bit flawed, it is a nice beginning to Grace Burrowes’ Windham Brides series.

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Review: Love, Alice by Barbara Davis

Title: Love, Alice by Barbara Davis
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary, Historical (60s), Women’s Fiction, Romance
Length: 428 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Summary:

From the author of Summer at Hideaway Key comes a sweeping new Southern women’s fiction novel about forgiving the past one letter at a time…

The truth lies between the lines…

A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé committed suicide just weeks before their wedding. Now, plagued by guilt, she has become a fixture at the cemetery where William is buried, visiting his grave daily, waiting for answers she knows will never come.

Then one day, she sees an old woman whose grief mirrors her own. Fascinated, she watches the woman leave a letter on a nearby grave. Dovie ignores her conscience and reads the letter—a mother’s plea for forgiveness to her dead daughter—and immediately needs to know the rest of the story.

As she delves deeper, a collection of letters from the cemetery’s lost and found  begins to unravel a decades-old mystery involving one of Charleston’s wealthiest families. But even as Dovie seeks to answer questions about another woman’s past—questions filled with deception, betrayal, and heartbreaking loss—she starts to discover the keys to love, forgiveness, and finally embracing the future…

Review:

Love, Alice is a heart wrenching story of loss and grief that is ultimately uplifting. With the secondary story arc that takes place during the 1960s, Barbara Davis brings much needed attention to the abhorrent “Magdalene Laundries” where unwed mothers were forced to give up their babies and endure horrific living conditions.  The present day storyline is equally affecting as a grief-stricken young woman searches for answers about her fiancé’s inexplicable suicide a year earlier.

On the one year anniversary of her fiancé William Prescott’s death, Dovie Larkin is no closer to understanding why he took his own life and she still remains mired in grief as she visits his grave daily.  With her family, boss and friends running out of patience with her inability to move past her tragedy, she is already in danger of losing her job when she becomes obsessed with a series of letters that were written by Alice Tandy during the 1960s. Trying to help Alice’s elderly mom, Dora, find a measure of peace for forcing her unwed daughter give her baby up for adoption, Dovie puts her career in jeopardy when her search for answers leads to the Tate family, who just happen to have recently made a huge donation to the museum where she works.   Working closely with Austin Tate on a fundraiser, Dovie tries to respect his request that she stay away from his grieving mother, Gemma,  but she quickly realizes that Gemma quite possibly holds the key to finding out what happened to Alice.  Will uncovering the truth about what happened to Alice and the baby she gave up for adoption help heal Dora’s wounds?  Can understanding Dora’s grief provide a way for Dovie to move past her own grief?

Dovie’s need for answers about William’s suicide is completely understandable but it is very frustrating watching her push away her friends and family in the process.  It is also somewhat maddening that even though she KNOWS her job is in jeopardy, she continues to make reckless decisions that puts her career on the line.  It is not until she meets  Austin that she is forced to take a hard look at her relationship with William and face the truth that has been staring her in face all along.  Dovie is also very dismayed by her unnerving attraction to the handsome Tate heir, but Austin has his own demons to make peace with before their relationship can move forward.

The storyline about Alice’s time at the  Blackhurst Asylum for Unwed Mothers  is incredibly poignant and utterly heartrending.  The stigma of unwed pregnancy is the driving force behind Dora’s decision to force her daughter to give up her child for adoption.  Through a series of letters written over the years to her beloved baby, the  truth about Alice’s time at Blackhurst and her subsequent search for her child emerges in heartbreaking  detail.

From the first gut wrenching and emotional letter to the final deeply moving missive,  Love, Alice is an absolutely riveting story that is impossible to put down. The plot is a bit predictable but this does not lessen the impact of this touching story. The characters are beautifully developed and although deeply flawed, they are sympathetic and easy to root for.  Barbara Davis’s decision to include the “Magdalene Laundries” in the novel adds an incredible amount of depth and substance to the storyline. The addition of a slight romantic element lightens the story but it also forces Dovie and Austin to deal with the unresolved issues from their previous relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend beautiful novel of healing and redemption.

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Review: Courting Death by Paul J. Heald

Title: Courting Death by Paul J. Heald
Clarkeston Chronicles Book Three
Publisher: Yucca Publishing
Genre: Historical (late 80s), Mystery
Length: 328 pages
Book Rating: B

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Summary:

From an internationally recognized law professor comes the third legal thriller in an exciting mystery series, the Clarkeston Chronicles.

Courting Death finds Melanie Wilkerson (from Cotton, book two of the Clarkeston Chronicles) and Arthur Hughes working uncomfortably together in the chambers of a famous federal judge. While Melanie neglects her duties as a law clerk to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman in the courthouse five years earlier, Arthur wades through the horrific habeas corpus appeals of two prisoners: an infamous serial killer and a pathetic child murder.

Melanie, a Georgia native who returns from law school in the Northeast, hoped to establish a legal reputation that will eclipse her beauty pageant queen past, which she is now desperate to disown. Arthur is a bright but naive Midwesterner who is rapidly seduced by the small Georgia college town of Clarkeston which, to his surprise, comes with an exotic and attractive landlady. The cohort of federal court clerks is completed by Phil Jenkins, a Stanford graduate from San Francisco who tries his best to balance the personalities of his volatile colleagues.

Living and working in bucolic Clarkeston comes with a price. In Courting Death, Arthur, Melanie, and Phil are confronted with the extremes of human mortality, both in and outside the legal system, in ways that they could never have expected or prepared for.

Review:

In Courting Death, the third outing in the Clarkeston Chronicles, Paul J. Heald offers an intriguing glimpse into the inner workings of the federal judicial system.

Melanie Wilkerson, Arthur Hughes and Phil Jenkins are excited for the opportunity to work as law clerks for a legendary federal judge.  Their cases run the gamut from writing mundane briefs to life or death appeals from prisoners on death row.  Arthur views his first habeas corpus appeal of a prolific serial killer dispassionately while Phil finds it difficult to set aside his personal feelings on the death penalty.  Having sailed through the process on his first death row appeal relatively unscathed, Arthur wrestles with the second  habeas corpus appeal for a death row inmate whose conviction is not as cut and dried as it first appears.  At the same time, Phil has the unenviable task of finding a legal precedence that will stay the execution of a decorated war veteran.  Meanwhile, Melanie is distracted by puzzling death of law clerk, Carolyn Bastaigne.  Five years earlier, Carolyn fell to her death while working late one evening at the courthouse.  Although her death was ruled accidental, Melanie cannot shake the feeling there is much more to the story than has been revealed.   At the end of the three clerks’ tenure, their lives will be forever changed by their experiences as they discover the justice system is not always fair nor is it easy to remain impartial when a prisoner’s life is at stake.

Arthur has his future all mapped out for himself when he begins working as clerk for the Judge.  His first case does not challenge his viewpoints overly much and he effortlessly maintains his objectivity while writing his brief.  The outcome of the stay of execution is expected and he easily puts the case behind him.  The next habeas corpus appeal is nowhere near as straight forward and he is somewhat stymied the Judge’s cryptic advice.  Arthur’s personal life is also rather unsettled  as his family faces a tragedy and his relationship with his landlady Suzanne Garfield hits an unexpected snag.

Melanie is hoping her career in law will finally prove to everyone that she is more than just a pretty face.  With a keen intellect and  an analytical mind, she has no trouble writing briefs.  However, with  her curiosity piqued by Carolyn’s death, she is having trouble staying on task.  The further she digs into the case, the more convinced she is that Carolyn might have been murdered.  Although there is very little evidence to prove her theory, Melanie tenaciously keeps searching for answers, but once she learns the truth, will she be able to find justice for Carolyn?

Phil is surprised to discover how difficult it is to keep his own beliefs from influencing his work with the Judge.  He and Arthur are often on opposite sides of issues yet they do not allow their disagreements to affect their friendship.  Deeply troubled by a stay of execution appeal he has been assigned, will Phil find a legal maneuver that will save the prisoner’s life?

Courting Death by Paul J. Heald is an insightful addition to the Clakeston Chronicles.  The cases presented are quite fascinating as are the legal procedures associated with each brief.  Fans of legal thrillers and mysteries do not want to miss this novel which provides a very thought-provoking and sometimes disquieting behind the scenes perspective of the justice system.

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Review: Desolation Flats by Andrew Huner

Title: Desolation Flats by Andrew Hunt
Art Oveson Series Book Three
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Historical (30s), Mystery
Length: 385 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Summary:

In the summer of 1938, as war clouds loom overseas, auto racers from around the world gather at the Bonneville Salt Flats west of Salt Lake City, intent on breaking the land-speed record. But when Clive Underhill, a wealthy English motorist, mysteriously disappears and his younger brother, Nigel, is found dead, Art Oveson of the Salt Lake City Missing Persons Bureau is called to investigate.

Suddenly, Art’s best friend and former partner, Roscoe Lund, becomes the number-one suspect in Nigel’s murder, prompting Art to follow a murky trail involving homegrown fascists, bigoted ex-cops, a string of homicides, and a German auto racer with a mysterious past. And, through it all, FBI Agent Frank Oveson tries to prevent his “kid brother” Art from discovering dark truths that may threaten his life.

Tony Hillerman Prize–winning author and historian Andrew Hunt transports us to 1930s Salt Lake City in Desolation Flats, this engrossing, detailed mystery that shows what goes on behind the scenes in the supposedly clean-cut Mormon capital.

Review:

Desolation Flats is another superb installment in Andrew Hunt’s Art Oveson mystery series starring Mormon policeman Art Oveson.  In this outing, following the disappearance of British race car driver Clive Underhill and the murder of his brother, Nigel,  Art’s investigation takes him into the dark underbelly of the Nazi party and closer to home, fascism and bigoted ex-cops.

Helping his cousin at the Bonneville Salt Flats before the upcoming land-speed trials, Art is delighted to run into his ex-partner and close friend, Roscoe Lund, who is providing extra security for Clive.  When Clive’s test run ends in fiery crash, Art risks his own life to save the trapped driver.  In an effort to repay him for rescuing him from certain death, Clive invites Art to join him for dinner that evening at an upscale club.  At the urging of his wife, Clara, Art accepts the invitation and while a bit out of his element, he enjoys meeting Clive’s old college friends, Peter Insley and German race-car driver, Rudy Heinrich.  The next morning, Art learns Nigel has been murdered and Clive has vanished without a trace.  He is dismayed to discover that his brother, FBI Agent Frank Oveson, is part of the investigation but it is the identity of the local police’s chief suspect that truly distresses him.  With warnings to stay out of the murder investigation, Art is determined to find Clive and hopefully, clear his friend’s name.

Art has a strong moral compass and steadfast work ethic.  He will leave no stone unturned as he doggedly pursues leads and although he tries to follow his boss’s orders, he cannot in good conscience ignore some of the information he uncovers.  Occasionally going outside of his purview and jurisdiction, Art’s dedication to finding justice is both his best and worst trait.  He is incredibly loyal and although he usually tries to obey orders, Art is convinced of the only suspect’s innocence and he refuses to give up searching for the truth.

As his investigation unfolds, Art tries to remain under the radar as he revisits witnesses and digs deeper into the backgrounds of Clive’s friends and associates.  Manager Albert Shaw seems concerned about Clive’s safety, but is there more to his story than meets the eye? German driver Rudy Heinrich is deeply entrenched in the Nazi party and with Hitler counting him to break the land-speed record, he is quite circumspect as he answers Art’s question.  Art cannot help but wonder just how far Rudy will go to ensure he succeeds but would he kidnap his friend to further the Nazi cause? What, if anything, does former policeman and current head of hotel security Dooley Metzger have to do with the events on the night Nigel was murdered and Clive disappeared?  The more information Art learns about the odious man, the more suspicious he becomes that Dooley might know more than he has revealed.  After another man goes missing, Art makes an impetuous decision that could break the case wide open if it does not cost him life.

Interspersed with the ongoing investigation are intriguing glimpses of Art’s life at home.  Wife Clara has been struggling with severe depression since the birth of their youngest daughter, four year old Emily.  Additionally, she and fifteen year old daughter Sarah Jane are at loggerheads over Sarah Jane’s social activism and waning interest in the Mormon church.  Clara is also none too pleased about Art’s continued loyalty to Roscoe and things between them grow tense as he makes what she considers to be questionable decisions where his friend is concerned.  Can Art salvage their relationship before it is irreparably damaged?

With an imaginative plot, an intrepid investigator and a perplexing mystery, Desolation Flats is a riveting whodunit that is impossible to put down.  The storyline is fast-paced and offers readers a realistic peek into the increasingly tense and volatile situation in Nazi Germany as Hitler continues to put his plans into motion.  Art’s investigation is quite captivating as he slowly but surely begins to uncover the truth about Clive’s disappearance and Nigel’s murder.  Andrew Hunt brings the novel to a  pulse-pounding, action-packed conclusion that completely ties up all of the story’s loose ends.  Fans of historical mysteries are sure to love this latest installment in the Art Oveson series.

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